For nurse practitioners, locum tenens placements can open the door to new job and career opportunities. With approximately 300,000 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in the U.S, there are plenty of opportunities for “fill-in” positions, project staffing and other types of temporary employment in hospitals, physician groups and other healthcare organizations. The most important benefits of locum tenens placements include:
- Flexibility. You can choose a schedule that meets your needs. That might mean working a new shift, taking a temporary assignment for several weeks or moving to a new location for several months or longer.
- Variety. You have a chance to practice your skills in a new clinical setting and serve a different patient population. Many locum tenens providers also enjoy a change of pace in their lifestyle, such as spending a month or two in a seaside, mountain or other vacation-oriented community.
- Income. You can earn a solid income throughout the assignment period. All Medical Personnel pays providers weekly on a fee for service basis, and provides professional liability insurance at no cost to the employee.
- Work-family balance. A locum tenens assignment can help you find a healthy balance between work and family responsibilities. For instance, it can be difficult for two medical professionals to find appealing jobs in the same location. A locum tenens placement can provide a temporary solution while you search for the right step to advance your careers.
As a nurse practitioner (NP), your skills are in demand throughout the country. That’s also true for specialists like a family nurse practitioner (FNP), pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP), adult nurse practitioner (ANP) or women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP). Staffing firms like All Medical Personnel can help you apply for the necessary credentials and licenses for locum tenens placements in different states. The placement process is usually much easier for temporary positions in your current community and state.
Fortunately, national nursing associations are working on a consensus model designed to unify licensure, accreditation and certification requirements on the state level. That will make it easier for nurse practitioners to move from state to state, creating more opportunities for locum tenens employment and improving access to nursing care across the country.